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post #31 of 178 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 07:02 PM
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Does anyone know how I can combat this algae in my tank (the brown hair stuff)? I have never experienced it before, and when I did a water change, I accidentally knocked a lot off the Hornwort and it spread all over my tank. I want to try and maintain it or eliminate it before it goes out of control. Or, should I just wait it out...

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I just went through this with my tank. to my suprise someone sugested H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) i thought hu never thought of that. im happy to report it works great and the fish love it the plants love it. everyones happy. the way to do it is dose 1ml to each gallon. ie. in my 125 gallon tank i dosed 125 ml of H2O2 in about 2 days i noticed it starting to die. Hope this helps!

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Oh, wow, I'll definitely look into that tonight once I'm done with all my school work. Thanks.

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Oh so you're the culprit who bought the driftwood that I was eyeing up for some time. But don't worry. I won't be going on a man-hunt looking for you. Anyways, I really like this tank. Very green! So what do you plan on putting in this tank fish-wise. Definitely can see some angels in here.
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No way, really? I LOVED it the second I saw it, so...sorry! Had to buy it :p. I think I am going to stock up on some more Pristella Tetra's, but as for another species, I haven't quite decided. I'm not really into Angels, unfortunately.

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No way, really? I LOVED it the second I saw it, so...sorry! Had to buy it :p. I think I am going to stock up on some more Pristella Tetra's, but as for another species, I haven't quite decided. I'm not really into Angels, unfortunately.
take advantage of our soft water and get some GBR's. I am def getting a pair for my next project.
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Hey, the algae in my tank seems to be subsiding. If not subsiding, it has at least taken a lot longer to come back after my water change (Monday)...my water is also crystal clear, and the dwarf sag is letting off runners like crazy. I'm very happy!

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Some photos I just took:







Never seen my Rotala grow like this:


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Wow! Explosive. That's a sign of a happy rotala! That's what happened in my little 3.5 gallon.
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Explosive is right. :-D. No tank of mine has ever given me so much joy...once the algae is completely gone, I'll be elated. By the way do you ever post at AA anymore? I really like this place a lot better, there are more "experts".

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Explosive is right. :-D. No tank of mine has ever given me so much joy...once the algae is completely gone, I'll be elated. By the way do you ever post at AA anymore? I really like this place a lot better, there are more "experts".
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I really want to get rid of my Hornwort, I'm sick of looking at it. I have a decent amount of Duckweed, so I won't have a strict absence of floaters. The Duckweed is actually growing a lot slower than I thought it would, so it isn't bothering me yet. Either way, I want this Hornwort gone...the algae on them has greatly reduced, so I'm taking that as a sign? I think I have a decent enough plant mass to be able to remove them at this point. What do you guys think?

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Sorry if I am boring you guys, but I like taking photos of my tank. As you can see here, I removed hornwort from the right side, but left it on the left side. You can also see that there is no longer any algae on the hornwort either, which is good. Overall, algae has subsided immensely. I tried taking the rock off of the driftwood, but it still floats a bit...however, it is able to stay down with a lighter rock. Maybe another month of that and I should be good to go. I also pulled up that Rotala to try and get it to grow upwards, but I have a feeling the roots that I took out will just find their way back down to the substrate. This photo was taken after a PWC tonight:


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Your tank is coming along so quickly! All the new plant growth makes me hopeful for my 75 that I just got done planting. I am far from happy with it so your tank makes me optimistic. I am also waiting on my wood so hopefully that will fill it out as well....

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Guess those lights worked out well for you. You've struck a balance it seems. Good job. Your going to need a trim soon! Haha
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I don't want to jinx it, but yes it seems this light has really done the trick. Also, I feel I went about dirt correctly this time (heavy planting from the start, floaters), as opposed to letting my nutrients get all out of whack. Thanks for the replies.

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